Lincoln Memorial University

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Cuts Ribbon on LMU's College of Veterinary Medicine Building

Sonny Perdue cuts the ribbon on the new LMU-CVM BuildingHarrogate, Tennessee, May 3, 2019—The Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Board of Trustees closed its spring meeting by cutting the ribbon on the University’s newest academic building Friday, May 3. Fittingly, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue was on hand to assist with the celebration of the completion of the new College of Veterinary Medicine Building.


Secretary Perdue joined LMU Chairman Autry O.V. “Pete” DeBusk, LMU President Clayton Hess, LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) Dean Jason Johnson, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Deputy Assistant Commissioner Brooxie Carlton, LMU trustees and other administrators in cutting the ribbon on the over 85,000 square-foot facility. The three-story facility features two large lecture halls which can join to accommodate over 500 people,

24 state-of-the-art communications laboratories, simulation laboratories, basic and clinical sciences classrooms, numerous study rooms, student break areas, student and academic service offices, clinical relations offices and the dean’s suite. The building will also provide research space, including a home for the Center for Animal and Human Health in Appalachia.

Sonny Perdue honorary degreeSecretary Perdue, a former farmer, agribusinessman, veterinarian, state legislator and governor of Georgia, toured the new facility, met with a small group of students and alumni, assisted with the ribbon cutting and delivered the first lecture in the new building during his visit. Prior to his lecture, Perdue was presented with an honorary doctor of veterinary medicine degree. It marked the Secretary’s second visit to LMU. In April 2018, he visited the DeBusk Veterinary Teaching Center (DVTC) in Ewing, Virginia.

The new CVM building is located just south of the LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) building on the main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee. Under construction for the past year and half, it can be accessed by entering the south entrance of campus and proceeding over the LMU-DCOM hill to the roundabout. It sits very near to where the LMU-CVM program got its start at the Pace Farm House, which was demolished during the building process. LMU-CVM didactic studies and lectures will take place in the new building while lab, simulation and animal encounters will continue to take place at the DVTC.

 LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine Building

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or email at [email protected].


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